Just when I thought I had tried it all in my ongoing effort to “opt-out” of the ageing process I was invited to visit the clinic of Dr Daniel Sister to try a treatment called Fractora. When I explain it, you may think I have gone a bit bonkers. Fractora uses Radio Frequency (RF) energy to the skin through the tiny pins producing localized heat and small “micro-lesion dots” in the areas that are treated. The heat and “dots” promotes collagen regrowth, which rejuvenates and re-structures the skin In other words they use a probe with lots of little needles sticking out of it to poke tiny holes in your skin whilst simultaneously heating it, causing the skins natural healing process to firm and re-vitalise areas that are lined and need toning. The idea is that by treating areas that need firming the body’s natural healing process will tone sagging lacklustre skin as the body produces more collagen in the treated areas.
|I had the treatment over my face and neck. My primary area of concern was around my neck. Where I have lost so much weight my neck has a distinct lack of tone and is something I am quite self-conscious about. So, the promise of this area being tightened without surgery is quite the incentive to try the treatment. Fractora can be used all over the body including legs and stomach. It can treat a range of age and related skin conditions. Such as; fine lines, deep lines, rough skin texture, irregular pigment, visible blood vesicles and uneven pigmentation. Though it is not necessarily just for the signs of aging as anyone can suffer from rough uneven tone.
Due to the nature of how the treatment is carried out a local anaesthetic cream is applied over the face 30-45 minutes prior to the treatment. There is an element of mild pain to the treatment. However, it is completely manageable. I would describe it as a quick stinging/burning feeling at the point the needles and RF makes contact with the skin. But, it goes away instantly. There is no lingering pain following the procedure. The whole treatment took around 20-30 minutes. My skin looked quite red and sore following the treatment. But, there was no pain during the healing process. I was advised to use a heavy barrier cream following the treatment in order to protect the skin where it was open and healing. No make-up could be worn for 48 hours whilst the treated areas closed to prevent infection.
Although the treatment does not have any specific downtime, my face was visibly sore and raw looking straight after. It is definitely a treatment worth doing. However, if you are someone who likes to be discrete about treatments this maybe one to have on a Friday to give your skin a day or two to settle. The difference in redness is significant even the following day. I did have what I would describe as stamp marks from the pins. However, any residual marks were easily covered with make-up once I was able to wear it.
It can take months for the full effect of Fractora to be seen. I am several months post treatment and can see a definite difference in my neck area. The general tone of my skin has improved as well as a reduction in fine lines. This was obviously after one treatment. However, depending on the nature of your skin, you may require a series of treatments for the most dramatic effect. This is definitely a treatment to consider before resorting to surgery.
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